Demonstrating Impact

  • Pew Research Center shows 7 Surprising Facts about Libraries

    On 30th June, the Pew Research Center published the results of their typology on Americans’ response to public libraries. With a nod to the ALA’s Annual Conference in La...

  • Pew Type-ifies Library Users with New Quiz

    Back in March, The Internet Project at Pew Research released the results from their library engagement poll, From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers-and beyond: A typology of public library engagement in America. This week Pew has released a suppleme...

  • Sustaining Communities, Sustaining Ourselves

    Aarhus Public Libraries in Aarhus, Denmark, built their new library using a process they call Participatory Democracy in Action. They did so by asking their community the question, "If everything is online, why come to the library at all?" ...

  • Geek the Force: Recruiting and Using Volunteers for Library Advocacy

    Like many libraries, Michigan's Herrick District Library found itself with a leaner staff facing more responsibilities in recent years. HDL staff members remained excited and optimistic about their work, and continued to dream mightily, but the libra...

  • The Secrets of Survey Success

    Surveys are often the tool of choice when you want to determine how to meet the needs of your community or measure your library's impact. But do you know how to use the tool effectively? Choosing the right survey style for the situation and knowing w...

  • Pew Internet: Advocacy Tools for Librarians

    The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has produced a series of reports presenting new research on library services, trends in reading habits and patron needs in the digital age. This three-year research program is funded by t...

  • Pew Report: Public Libraries' Importance and Impact

    Most Americans feel that public libraries have done a good job embracing new technology, but are split on whether libraries are as essential as they were in the past for finding information.

    In a larger sense, Americans strongly value the role...

  • The Future of Reference is Outside the Library

    Over the last decade, the fortress-like walls of the library reference desk have been breached in favor of more inviting structures and roving librarians. However, that's not going far enough, according to Jamie LaRue, director of Douglas County (CO)...

  • New Report on Rural and Small Libraries

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services has released a research brief providing the agency's first targeted analysis of trends for rural and small library services. The report gives an overview of the distribution, service use, fiscal health, an...

  • Easy, Powerful, and Free: Sign Your Library Up for the Impact Survey

    Access to computers in public libraries changes lives. The landmark study Opportunity for All (2009) illustrated this decisively, with compelling national findings about the extent to which library computers are used to gain admission to college, obt...